Fifteen years ago today one of Madonna’s biggest ever hit singles was released. ‘Hung Up’ a collaboration with Stuart Price sampling Abba’s ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ made for a brilliant instant dance smash hit! In fact it was Madonna’s greatest hit single in Holland to date, spending SEVEN weeks at the number one position in the official charts!
Here in Holland we celebrated the single release with radio interviews, social media promotion and an upcoming releaseparty for Confessions on a Dance Floor announcement.
Madonna performed the single in many TV shows on an extensive promotional tour, of which you can read a personal live report HERE
Performances included Wetten Dass (Mannheim), Children in Need (BBC London), Michael Parkinson (London), Star Academy (France) and much much more. There was also the less than stellar interview for Dutch TV by Peter van der Vorst for PULSE. Madonna was literally everywhere and there no was no denying that she was on top of her game!
Check out the discography HERE
Singer Madonna has shared details on the progress of her biopic, saying the script is now 133 pages long. The pop superstar and writer Diablo Cody have been working on the biopic for a while now. Madonna took to Instagram to post a video of the two while working on the script.
The 62-year-old singer sat on a leather-bound black studded chair outdoors in a gazebo with the writer, reports dailymail.co.uk. Madonna wore a striped white top with a black corset and matching pants, along with black leather boots.
In the video, the two start off by talking about bananas. Soon, the singer tells Cody that her name Madonna could not be copyrighted, “because it’s in the Bible”.
She also did a cappella rendition of “Get into the groove” from 1984.
Towards the end of the video, the pair commented on the script’s length — 133 pages — which Cody mentioned was “insane” and “biblical”.
“That’s a big script,” she said.
Madonna replied: “It’s a big life!”
In a career spanning about four decades, Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.
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In recent weeks, the Dutch government has announced several times stricter measures to curb the daily growth in the number of Covid-19 infections. Till now, this has not been successful, as a result of which there are currently almost 8 000 new Covid-19 infections a day in the Netherlands.
Last Tuesday, the central government therefore again announced new and even stricter measures for a period of 4 weeks, whereby it is already indicated that this period is likely to be extended even further. The announced measures basically amount to a second (partial) lockdown.
As a result of these new measures and circumstances it is in our opinion impossible but also irresponsible to allow the international Mega Record & CD Fair to continue on 13, 14 and 15 November 2020. In close cooperation with Jaarbeurs Utrecht it has therefore been decided to move the 53rd Mega Record & CD Fair together with the VerzamelaarsJaarbeurs to April 16, 17 & 18 2021.
We understand that this is also a huge disappointment for our many loyal visitors and exhibitors. That is why we will do our outmost best to come back stronger in 2021 and hope for your trust and support in this matter.
Every exhibitor will receive in the coming weeks (no later than 15 November) a personal e-mail with an adapted confirmation and proof of payment for the Mega Record & CD Fair of April 2021.
Given the extent of these adjustments, we would like to appeal to your patience and understanding.
Take good care of each other and stay healthy!
Madonna just said “buh-bye” to blonde.
With the help of London-based colorist Nicola Clarke, the “Material Girl” pop star, 62, dyed her iconic platinum blonde hair to a fun bubblegum pink hue.
“She gives me Fever….. Isnt she pretty in pink!!!! 💗💗💗,” Clarke said on Instagram.
While neither Madonna nor Clarke have yet to reveal the inspiration behind the bold switch-up just yet, the colorist explained how she gave the singer the playful pink color. “I did everything as we normally do, I love to add @virtuelabs_pro #colorkick in all my formulas, especially to my bleach. It maintains the quality of the hair and the colour,” Clarke said.
Before putting in the pink dye, Clarke highlighted Madonna’s hair with “as many foils as I possibly can fit in [and] then high lift tint in between.”
“I mixed and tested pinks of my own but ended up using a pre mixed @crazycolorltd candy floss it was soft, pretty and the perfect pink,” Clarke continued. “I feel honoured to work with creative people and being able to work along side @andylecompte , he’s attention to detail is off the chart it’s an absolute privilege. Never too old to learn , surround yourself with creative and like minded people 💗💓💞.”
Madonna, who’s become known as the queen of reinvention, hasn’t been afraid to make dramatic changes to her look over the years. But when it comes to caring for her hair, she likes to keep things simple.
Motez has unveiled his latest cut ‘Give Your Heart Away’ today (October 16), marking the latest in a huge string of releases this year from the Adelaide producer.
‘Give Your Heart Away’ is a club-ready, sweaty techno release, akin to some of the producer’s earlier work.
In a press statement, Motez explained how a track from Madonna‘s 2000 album ‘Music’ directly influenced the new track.
“The title of the song is a lyric by one of my favourite Madonna songs called ‘Runaway Lover’,” he said.
“I loved the bit where she says “it doesn’t pay, to give your heart away to a runaway lover‘.”
“‘Give Your Heart Away’ was a song I wrote during a 2-month writing trip to LA last year,” Motez continued.
Read full article at NME
Former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher has hit out at BBC Radio 1 for not playing older artists on the airwaves
Noel Gallagher has blasted BBC Radio 1 for not playing older artists.
The former Oasis rocker – whose three solo albums with the High Flying Birds have all topped the charts over the past decade – insisted the station should be airing songs by big names regardless of age, rather than only focusing on younger artists.
Appearing on ‘Matt Morgan’s Funny How?’ podcast, he said: “Niche radio stations, like Absolute 80s, just play music from the Eighties. You’re not being exposed to pop culture.
“Radio 1 should be, and used to be, the main f****** thing for that, but even that now has got this s*** rule where they won’t play anyone over the age of 35.”
According to the BBC Trust, the station’s remit is “to entertain and engage a broad range of young listeners with a distinctive mix of contemporary music and speech”.
The organisation adds: “Its target audience is 15-29 year olds and it should also provide some programming for younger teenagers.
“It should offer a range of new music, support emerging artists – especially those from the UK – and provide a platform for live music. News, documentaries and advice campaigns should cover areas of relevance to young adults.”
In April last year, Madonna’s song ‘Medellin’ didn’t meet the “criteria” to receive airplay on BBC Radio 1 – despite featuring 25-year-old Latin star Maluma – because bosses decided the 62-year-old singer’s track didn’t match the UK’s biggest youth radio station’s audience.
At the time, a spokesperson for Radio 1 claimed the decision is “based on what the audience expects to hear, with no other criteria taken into consideration”.
A music industry source added: “It’s a sad reality that for some people in the music business it wouldn’t matter what Madonna released. They’d dismiss it because she’s 60.”
Meanwhile, Noel recently insisted he isn’t a “genius”, because he simply takes influences from other songs.
He explained: “I will obsess about a song for years and I will rip it off 12 times. F****** 12 different tunes out of it.
“Everything that I do is a nod to something or other. I am not a genius. I’m a fan of music, do you know what I mean?”
More at The List
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A beauty chameleon, Madonna has been shapeshifting with the changing tides of fashion for decades. Her latest incarnation is the mysterious, eye-patch wearing secret agent Madame X, who has been the muse for the singer’s 14th album, a make-up collection and now a fragrance.
Madonna has teamed up with London fragrance house IIUVO on a new limited edition eau de parfum, “Madame X”, which seeks to bottle the spirit of Madame X into a scent. Just as Madame X travels the world, her eau de parfum is described as taking the wearer on a poetic journey from the floral scents of the Mediterrean coast to the mystical East. And of course, because this is Madonna, it’s all transcended by the sensuality and rebellious spirit she is famous for.
In a video posted last month, director Diablo Cody, who has been collaborating with Madonna on a biopic of the singer’s life, filmed the two of them unboxing the fragrance. Describing the bottle as sexy and minimalist, Cody gives the scent an enthusiastic review throwing around the words delicious, amazing and love. Madonna herself, amazingly, is more on the fence saying she personally finds the scent “a little strong” when you first put it on. Although, she adds, after 30 minutes of it “exchanging chemistry with your skin” the heaviness evaporates and it’s “quite nice.”
In other Madonna news, the singer has recently strayed from Madame X’s signature blonde curls and embraced the lockdown phenomenon of rainbow hued hair. In her case, it’s pink which was achieved with the Crazy Color’s semi-permanent cream in Candy Floss according to her colourist Nicola Clarke. Madge debuted the new look in a series of selfies in which she announced her vote for Joe Biden in the US presidential election.
Rihanna secured 33rd spot, making the list for the first time with a staggering net worth of $600 million.
According to the publication, her cosmetics line Fenty Beauty had over $600 million in sales in 2019, while her Savage x Fenty lingerie line secured $50 million from investors. Additionally, her charitable Clara Lionel Foundation raised $22.5 million for COVID-19 relief.
Madonna came in 40th place with a net worth of $550million, while Swift secured the 62nd spot with $365 million.
Other high profile musicians on the list included Celine Dion ($455 million), Beyoncé ($420 million), Barbra Streisand ($400 million), Jennifer Lopez ($150 million) and Lady Gaga ($150 million).
You can check out the whole list here.
Sharing three selfies, she wrote: “The 3 faces of a girl who just Voted!! Get out there and take responsibility people!! #bidenharris2020.”
Madonna recently revealed that she is set to direct and co-write her own upcoming biopic.
Universal Pictures will be developing the forthcoming biopic, with Diablo Cody – who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2007 for Juno – set to write it alongside Madonna.
More at NME
Madonna‘s alias “Madame X” is an unlikely inspiration for a fragrance, but this is exactly what has inspired the London-based label IIUVO for its latest project. Tapping Madonna herself, IIUVO and the multidisciplinary superstar have combined to create an Eau de Parfum titled “Madame X,” an olfactory concept developed over the past two years in secrecy.
Much like Madonna herself, “Madame X” the fragrance travels the world — only it does so through the power of scent. Fresh and floral notes are drawn from the Mediterranean coast, while mystical and mysterious elements are taken from the East. This is met with the sensuality and rebellious spirit that Madonna has explored throughout her decades of performing, and more recently with her Madame X persona.
To celebrate this collaboration, Madonna and IIUVO have enlisted Sang Wha Yim to create a triptych that further explores Madonna’s attitudes. The bottle itself is typical of IIUVO — clear with a black grained lid, featuring debossed branding and, for the occasion of “Madame X,” distorted black printed branding on top. This is served in a gray box featuring red “X” detailing.
In case you missed it, check out what happened when HYPEBEAST spoke to IIUVO — and more — about our relationship with perfume.
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Madame X is an olfactory concept created by Madonna and IIUVO. Synthesised over a period of two years which evolved through a poetic but clandestine state of existence, to which we now present Madame X as a scent.
top: cinnamon / raspberry / orange blossom
core: rose / patchouli / orange flower
base: musk / incense / amber
Madame X has been travelling the world. Her Eau de Parfum takes you on a poetic journey. Made up of fresh and floral scents from the Mediterranean coast, mystical flavors of the Orient, all transcended by her sensuality and rebellious spirit. The manifestation of her path to light and freedom.
Top: cinnamon / raspberry / orange blossom
Core: rose / patchouli / orange flower
Base: musk / incense / amber
100ml / 3.4 fl oz
Shipping available in continental USA
Madonna Confesses to Screenwriter on Instagram Video: “I never took anything. I didn’t drink or take drugs”
Madonna is writing the screenplay to her autobiographical movie with Diablo Cody, and filming it for Instagram. She’s got a new video up with what looks like a finished screenplay. The subject of drug taking comes up, and Madonna tells Cody: “I never took anything. I didn’t drink or take drugs.” Madonna also sings out a bit, and it’s lovely.
The muralist, Jules Muck, also known as Muck Rock, was in Flint painting a mural for the Flint Public Art Project when she said she learned that Madonna’s hometown was Bay City.
Muck completed the wall-sized Madonna mural within three hours. She said it was her sixth or seventh mural she completed in a matter of days in Michigan.
“I paint Madonna a lot. I like to paint her, she’s a great character, and it was fun to do the 80′s Madonna,” Muck said. “I just thought it would be good for her to be younger since she was a youngster there.”
The plan for the mural was birthed after the director of the Flint Public Art Project, Joe Schipani, reached out to Saginaw City Councilwoman Jamie Forbes to share that Muck was in Saginaw painting another mural at White’s Bar after completing her work in Flint.
Schipani relayed that Muck wanted to paint Madonna in Bay City, so Forbes reached out to a few people and within an hour the location was picked and approved.
“To me, it’s just an illustration of how many folks in this region are connected and how those relationships can result in some really neat things,” Forbes said.
Madonna was born Madonna Louise Ciccone on Aug. 16, 1958 at the former Mercy Hospital, 100 15th St., where the Bradley House now stands, per MLive-Bay City Times records. Her grandparents’ home on the city’s West Side was near a now-closed petroleum plant.
City Market General Manager Margie Brown said it was amazing to watch how fast Muck worked and is excited it’s a part of the market.
“From an artistic standpoint, I think it’s wonderful to have something from this woman’s caliber on our building,” Brown said. “It’s definitely something that people will come to see if they hear about it and it could also help bring people in the door that have maybe never set foot in here before.”
Muck was born overseas but is now based out of California and is currently on a tour throughout the country.
Muck said she was thrilled to paint in Bay City where it’s not over saturated with murals as people really appreciate the artwork. She also said she hopes this will open the door for more mural work to come to the area.
“The people that were there were so nice and fun. Everybody was terrific,” she said. “There was a lot of support and it was just a really easy, fun mural to do. There was no nitpicking and everybody was grateful that it was happening.”
More at MLIVE.COM
Here in Holland ‘Love Spent’ was chosen as the album’s official third radio single, meaning it was the official single but wouldn’t be offered on digital platforms (and certainly no physical releases.) If people liked hearing the track on the radio (IF it was played at all) they needed to buy or stream the album track.
Love Spent was played at Radio 538 Maak ‘t of Kraak ‘t (Make it or Break it) but was voted out by 61%. The track was also added to the Radio 3FM PLUG playlist.
Then Universal Music decided to go for ‘Masterpiece’ as official fourth radio single, more so to promote the MDNA Tour at the Ziggo Dome and the Dutch release of W./E.
Universal Music NL press promotional CD’s of all their Dutch single releases which are sent out to radio and promoters. All of the MDNA singles were given the same treatment and therefore both Love Spent and Masterpiece ended up on extremely rare promotional CD’s. Both have since been bootlegged heavily, but when you know what they look like it is easy to spot the fakes:
- Due to limited quantities (50-250) and the fact it was only sent out to Dutch promoters and radio, IF you find a genuine copy it is most likely offered by a seller based in The Netherlands
- The promotional CD’s were all issued in a matte slimline jewel case
- Beware of the Matrix (detailed in the description of the CD on this page)
- Look closely at the font used, they might look similar but the real copies are all exactly alike. If the font is slightly different from the one pictured here on our website, it is a reproduction
- There is always a square double sided insert which is not paper thin
- The CD’s are factory pressed on silver CD-R. Beware of cheap blue / purple / green looking CD-R’s
Check out the LOVE SPENT discography HERE
Check out the MASTERPIECE discography HERE